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Re: Spinoffs; Teaching; Orsino
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 5, No. 0403.  Friday, 6 May 1994.
 
(1)     From:   Mike Young <
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        Date:   Thursday, 05 May 1994 14:00:33 -0400 (EDT)
        Subj:   Re;  Spinoffs
 
(2)     From:   Mike Young <
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        Date:   Thursday, 05 May 1994 13:46:24 -0400 (EDT)
        Subj:   Re: Teaching Tempest
 
(3)     From:   Terence Hawkes <
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        Date:   Friday, 6 May 94 12:22 BST
        Subj:   RE: SHK 5.0399 Re: Orsino
 
 
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From:           Mike Young <
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Date:           Thursday, 05 May 1994 14:00:33 -0400 (EDT)
Subject:        Re;  Spinoffs
 
If we are going to talk about Cookie Monster's version of Shakespeare, how
about Spielberg's latest animated series on Fox, "Animaniacs?"
 
For the uniformed, the primary characters are the Wraner Brothers and their
sister Dot.  They are something between dogs and cats (once even called "puppy
children").
 
They have done the scene with Hamlet holding Yoric's skull during which Yakko,
the older brother, plays Hamlet and, in an insert, Dot translates. It has such
insights as contemplation of Yorkic's state as "I'm goin' to hurl" and memories
of the jester's playfulness as "He gave me piggyback rides."
 
Also, they have shown the three witches from Macbeth doing their brewing. In
this one, Yakko is translater, Dot is one of the witches, and the younger
brother, Wakko (who often speaks in a Liverpool accent {go figure}, munching on
the brew.  In this version, it blows up and leaves a horrifying result:  a
young Jerry Lewis.
 
If only these could be put onto a tape for classroom use,it might just prove to
some students that this stuff can be fun.
 
Yours,
Michael Young
 
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From:           Mike Young <
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Date:           Thursday, 05 May 1994 13:46:24 -0400 (EDT)
Subject:        Re: Teaching Tempest
 
A note on teaching Tempest, especially to undergrads:
 
I have just tried the HBO animated version of Tempest (and Romeo and Juliet) in
my 200 level course.  They do have certain advantages. Excuding the Intro. by
Robin Williams, which is a nice "ice breaker", the productions are about 25
minutes long.  It is very easy top watch one and have an immediate discussion
within a 50 minute period.  Also, the adaptation has not cut out all the side
and sub plots.  These are not just entertainments and silly cartoons.  I have
seen the entire set of six plays advertised in a media catalogue, though I
can't find it right now.
 
Yours,
Michael Young
 
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From:           Terence Hawkes <
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Date:           Friday, 6 May 94 12:22 BST
Subject: 5.0399 Re: Orsino
Comment:        RE: SHK 5.0399 Re: Orsino
 
Dear Bill Godshalk,
 
Yes, we know that Orsino IS a character. I said that he doesn't HAVE one, so
Dwight Maxwell can stop worrying about it. I have a feeling you're going to go
all dewy-eyed about this one, so let me remind you that you haven't yet dealt
with the Question of The Hour. I repeat it: Does Lady Macbeth really faint?
Give that a bit of welly.
 
Terry Hawkes
 

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